As allegations of sexual abuse continue to catapult out of the cobwebbed closets of prominent Hollywood power players (and into the probing spotlight of public scrutiny), one can’t help but wonder where the ricochet effect will end.

It seems the ghosts of Hollywood past have come to collect on the Harvey Weinsteins, Brett Ratners and Kevin Spaceys of the world, just in time for Oscar season—and that decades-old, agency mailroom whispers of blatant harassment and sexual misconduct have escaped their heavy shrouds.

Perhaps we’ve ascended to an era where the protection of the Hollywood boy’s club is ending, but has music’s just begun?

Hard to say, but rapper and Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross seems to believe sexual harassment and abuse don’t extend to music circles.

“I don’t believe there are going to be allegations coming… Rule number one is we got to respect our women. And the way they’re moving [in film], that’s not even our style.”

I caught up with the self-proclaimed “Boss” at ComplexCON, a two-day festival and convention curated by Pharrell Williams, Takashi Murakami, Off-White designer and founder Virgil Abloh and Jaden Smith. He had just hopped off the “Rap Generation Gap Debate” panel, featuring host DJ Akademics and co-panelists Cam’ron, KYLE and Young M.A.—addressing topics such as gender nonconformity, using social media to launch a calculated PR stunt and the evolution of fashion within hip-hop culture.

Given Hollywood’s evolving “sleaze-gate” scandal, as well as Lil’ Kim’s recent appearance on Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” show, where she revealed that The Notorious B.I.G. was abusive to her (and had once threatened her with a pistol), I was curious to hear Ross’s thoughts on how women and men interact (and are perceived) within entertainment. Here’s how the interview went…

During the panel earlier, one of the questions posed was whether there’s anything, fashion-wise, that you consider to be outside the boundaries of what is acceptable within Hip-Hop. However, no one specifically mentioned whether the same rules apply to female artists…
I think that we’ve seen so many different styles of dope female artists that whatever is appropriate for that vibe, that’s what we love. Lauryn Hill carried herself on a much older spiritual vibe, and we loved that. When Lil Kim was doing her thing, being the right-hand man of B.I.G., we loved that. That poster when she (Lil’ Kim) was squatting down, that was historic. It just depends on the vibe. Women are most definitely iconic and they have their own individuality.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the rampant sexual assault and abuse allegations emerging from Hollywood right now. Especially surrounding major players such as Harvey Weinstein and other well-known film producers. Almost every other day, a new allegation emerges. With Hip-Hop being such a male-dominated industry, do you think a “day of reckoning” will ever come for the Rap industry?
I’m gonna be honest. I don’t believe that.

You don’t believe what?
I don’t believe there are going to be allegations coming. I can’t really speak for nobody… To me, as a man, watching what’s going on, to me, it’s more… You know, let’s say for instance… I haven’t got all the details but you know one of these guys, I don’t know his name. There’s supposed to be a couple of them. You know the one who invited a chick over…

Yes, Weinstein.
Yes. Well, you know, rule number one is we got to respect our women. And the way they’re moving [in film], that’s not even our style.

Hmmm. So it’s a Hollywood thing? What, then is an essential step or directive that men in the entertainment industry need to take, or acknowledge, in order to not contribute to or uphold problematic behavior and treatment towards women?
For one, you respect the women. If you invite a woman over, and if she’s not your personal friend or your personal loved one, if it’s business, it’s business. Respect her as a business partner. If she’s an actress on a film set, then it’s just like if she’s coming to your studio. You respect her as a business woman.

Well, given your previous statement (to the Breakfast Club) regarding why you won’t sign a female artist, is it safe to say that we won’t ever hear any allegations about you in the future?
That ain’t why I’m answering your question. I’m answering your question talking about the people that have those situations. I move differently, I’m not about to do all that movie shit.

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